Previous events: 2014
Thursday, 11 December 2014
drinks for Ambassador & Mrs. Menkveld
After over four years of posting in Korea,
Ambassador Paul Menkveld and his wife Anna left the country. By means of the regular Dutch Drinks taking place on
every 2nd Thursday of the month, DBCK together with HAMEL (Dutch social club) bid farewell to the Ambassador Menkveld
and his wife.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
seminar on HR developments & issues in Korea: "A Legal Opinion of Kim & Chang
DBCK organized a mini-seminar on HR developments and issues in Korea, at the residence of Netherlands Ambassador in
Seoul, together with the labor lawyers of Kim & Chang.
The seminar consisted of two sessions on 1) termination of employments
and 2) anti-corruption and compliances with a short coffee break in between. After each presentation by the HR legal
experts, an interactive platform was provided Q&A's with the participants.
Monday 3 November 2014
Economic Networking Reception
On the occasion of the visit of Dutch Parallel Economic Mission to Korea led by Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs,
Mr. Henk Kamp.
3rd-4th November 2014
State visit to the Republic of Korea of His
Majesty King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and His Majesty Queen Maxima.
Thursday, 4 September 2014
HAMEL Season-opening drinks
On the occasion of the opening of the season 2014/15, DBCK and HAMEL (Dutch social club) hosted
a casual drink at the Dutch Ambassador’s residence.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
HDBCK Golf Tournament: Dutch Open 2014
The annual DBCK Golf Tournament,
Dutch Open 2014 took place on Thursday, 29th May at the Lakeside Country Club in Yongin.
DBCK members and their
business partners made 12 flights in total and played golf together, followed by an outdoor BBQ. With the support of
our generous sponsors, several prizes were awarded.
Wednesday, 12 March
Hamel Trade Awards Dinner 2014
with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Seoul, DBCK organized the Hamel Trade Awards Dinner 2014
on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at The Plaza Hotel, Seoul.
For the 2014 Award, four companies have been nominated
by the members : Heineken Korea, Vopak Terminals Korea, VAF Instruments and Dockwise Korea. The combined opinions of the jury
members led to the selection of two companies : VAF Instruments and Heineken Korea. Both companies were present at award ceremony.
The Winners of Hamel Trade Awards
2014 were announced during the ceremony at the dinner: the best performing Dutch company in Korea has
been won by Heineken Korea. And the prize for best Korean company in the Netherlands went to Hyundai Engine Korea.
evening was attended by 69 guests, mostly DBCK members, but also representatives from Dutch companies, the
sustainability experts of the Amsterdam municipality, who happened to be in Seoul for a visit, as well as numerous
Korean alumni from Dutch universities.
The guest of honor, Mr. Ha, Tae-youk, Director-General for European Affairs
of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered a congratulatory speech.
DBCK Discussion Evening <One Year President Park : Korea's Economic Policies and Business Climate>
DBCK organized a Discussion Evening on
'One Year President Park : Korea's Economic Policies and Business Climate' on Thursday, 20 February 2014, at the residence
of Netherlands Ambassador in Seoul.
first speaker, Mr. Simon Mundy, Financial Times correspondent in Seoul, shed light on the pros and cons of President Park’s
economic policies. He thinks the future course
of the Korean economy is rather difficult to predict because it hugely dependends on outside factors due to its exports (manufactured
goods) and imports (natural resources). The President has made many a promise and financing them all is likely to be difficult,
while her policies may not be focused enough on the long-term.
second speaker, Mr. Christoph Heider, Secretary General of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea, examined the business
climate under the current Korean government. Christoph,
among others, expressed concern about the way the Korean Tax Service tries to increase government revenues by scrutinizing
foreign companies in Korea. The much needed restructuring of the Korean economy is hampered by a plethora of ministries and
government agencies, which sometimes have conflicting interests and contrary actions.
Peter Underwood, Senior Partner at the IRC business consultancy firm, was the moderator of the evening.
a break for a buffet-dinner, a plenary discussion of some 45 minutes concluded the evening. Many of the 35 DBCK members thought
the presentations and the discussion to be both most informative and very witty.